Montserrat power adapters - what plugs are used in Montserrat?

Montserratian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Montserrat?

You'll need to pack a Type B plug adapter for Montserrat if your plug won't fit in a Montserratian power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Montserrat all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a Montserratian power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device uses then please read the section on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device before going any further.

  • If you're from the US travelling to Montserrat then devices and appliances with US plugs will fit into a Montserratian power outlet without requiring power adapter, however the voltage is 230 volts therefore you will need to use a power converter for Montserrat if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Montserratian power outlet then you can use it in Montserrat without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Montserratian power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Montserrat such a Type B plug adapter. Please Note that a plug adapter for Montserrat (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Montserrat, but doesn't change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Montserrat to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Montserrat if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you want to power USB devices such as a mobile phone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, but ensure that you bring one which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Montserrat[3]
  • An increase in use of a cellphone during a vacation can leave you with a flat battery quickly therefore you should bring a power bank if you want to keep your mobile phone battery or other devices charged throughout the day whilst visiting an unfamiliar location.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts used in Montserrat you run the risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Prior to using your device in Montserrat check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Montserrat power adapters

Power adapters for Montserrat

Varying complicated combinations of voltages and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Montserrat. This page contains links to instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're in Montserrat using the Type B or A Montserratian 230 volt 60Hz power outlets. Power adapters will change depending on which region you travelling to so please read our WikiConnections global power adapters guide where you'll find a complete list showing powering devices in different regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Montserrat?

The best power adapter for Montserrat will be a Type B plug adapter which is suitable for powering any 230 volt device or appliance. [3]

What is the best power adapter for Montserrat?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters which permit a different type of power plug from a different country to fit into a Montserratian power outlet. [5]

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Montserrat allows a visitor travelling from a different location to use their own electronic and electrical appliances and devices in Montserrat by adapting the shape of the power plug.

Do I need a power adapter in Montserrat?

This depends on which location you are travelling from and the shape of plug you are attempting to use in Montserrat.

Montserrat

Can a power adapter convert the voltage in Montserrat?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Montserratian power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt device you will also need a step down power converter for Montserrat along with the right power adapter.

Where to buy a power adapter for Montserrat

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Montserrat

Power adapters are most likely be available in major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations but for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Electrical adapters for Montserrat

Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type B plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Light and small.
  • Cheap, prices under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$10).
  • Easy to operate.
  • Bringing a Type B plug adapter will be ideal for Montserrat.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Only 1 plug adapter for each appliance - for every individual appliance you'll also need to pack a separate power adapter.
  • Only alters the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type B Montserratian power outlet and doesn't alter the voltage used in Montserrat - if your device doesn't work with a 230 volt outlet and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need to pack a voltage converter.
  • Hotel rooms in Montserrat might only have a single wall outlet, therefore you'll only be able to charge a single appliance at a time.
  • If you wish to power a USB device then you also still need to bring your domestic USB charger.
  • If you plan on travelling to more than just Montserrat then you may need to pack more than one type of plug adapter. [3]
Travel Power Strips

Power strips feature multiple USB ports

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • A travel power strip is capable of powering multiple appliances concurrently using just one power outlet, costs between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  • Some types of power strips offer voltage conversation for low wattage devices (for example laptops). So even if your device isn't dual voltage it can still work with a Montserratian power outlet by using only a travel power strip, making them a cheaper and lightweight substitute for a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Typical modern power strips will feature multiple USB charge ports.
  • Offers surge protection. The voltage from power grids in certain countries could be tempremental, a power surge could damage delicate electrical items. Some power strips have a surge protector which will prevent any device from being overloaded by unstable power grids.
  • When you return home the power strip will still be useful.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Montserrat.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • The power converter on a travel power strip won't convert higher wattage appliances such as hair straighteners or clothes irons.
  • Because of their weight travel power strips might be too bulky for packing in hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip might be considered excessive if you only bring a small number of devices to charge. [6]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Perfect when visiting to multiple countries. Typical universal travel adapters are designed to operate in around 150 countries.
  • All in one design - small and lightweight for between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  • Some universal travel power adapters include multiple charging ports for USB electronics built in.
  • Relatively easy to use.
  • Some universal travel adapters also have a surge protector which will prevent any device from being overloaded by unstable power grids.
  • The retractable pins won't catch against other items in your baggage.
  • A universal travel power adapter should still be functional when you return home as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should fit in a Montserratian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Universal travel adapters will overload when used with a high power electrical appliance such as clothes irons, hair straighteners, microwaves, kettles, curling irons or hair dryers.
  • The shutters and other moving parts might be fragile on some universal travel adapters making them prone to breaking on your trip.
  • Will only provide power to one plug.
  • Not completely universal - some models might not cover certain countries with less common power outlets.
  • Lacking an in-built power converter means it won't be suitable for electrical devices which don't support 230 volts in Montserrat. [7]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel charger with changable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect if you only want to power USB devices, for example cell phones, tablet computers or Kindles.
  • Instead of packing lots of domestic power chargers you will only have to pack one charger which costs on average around $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  • USB wall chargers are typically supplied with interchangeable heads which make them versatile in a large number of countries. Interchangeable adapter heads are typically lightweight and small making them easy to fit into hand luggage.
  • Offers surge protection.
  • When you return home the charger should still be functional.
  • The swappable heads fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work with a Montserratian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB outputs so you will be unable to charge any appliances, only USB powered ones. [8]
Plug Adapter Sets

Cost effective plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$20-C$25) a power adapter set typically works out more cost-effective than buying individual power plug adapter types costing almost $10 USD (almost £10 GBP / almost C$10) each.
  • Ensures you are covered for all plug outlet types.
  • For those travelling to multiple countries a adapter set is the most flexible option.
  • A plug adapter set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so should operate in Montserrat.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible - you'll have to decide which plug adapters they'll need, or alternatively bring every power adapter type.
  • Lots individual items to pack.
  • The remaining power adapters will be redundant.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included in each set (especially the less common adapters) - so ensure that your plug adapter set includes an adapter which works with a Montserratian power outlet.
  • Only changes the shape of the plug to fit in a Montserratian power outlet but doesn't modify the voltage. [9]
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters have surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • Only changes the 230 volts from a Montserratian power outlet and not the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Montserratian power outlet, therefore you'll still need to use the right type of plug adapter.
  • The typical size of voltage converters makes them way too bulky and heavy for carrying in hand luggage.
  • A converter won't be useful when get back from Montserrat.
  • Usually much cheaper to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy an expensive voltage converter just in order to bring your existing domestic appliance abroad.
  • Expensive; almost $30 USD (almost £35 GBP / almost C$120).

Comparison of electrical adapters for Montserrat

Type B Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in Montserrat Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included B A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 45+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type B Montserratian power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Useful when you return home Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 230 volt AC appliance in Montserrat Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$10) between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20) between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$25-C$30) between $15 to $20 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$20-C$25) almost $100 USD (almost £110 GBP / almost C$80)
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Montserrat power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Montserrat?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Montserrat?

There are two types of power outlets used in Montserrat, these are type B and A with the primary power outlets being type B:

  • Plug Type A - The wall socket (technically known as the type A power outlet) is identified by two slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades.
  • Plug Type B - The wall socket (technically called a type B power outlet) is identified by the 2 slots for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the slightly long earth pin. [3]

What frequency is used in a Montserratian power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Montserratian power outlet is 60Hz. [11]

Montserrat
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country
Is an electrical power outlet in the Caribbean Islands the same as a power outlet for Montserrat?

The Caribbean

Is an electrical power outlet in the Caribbean Islands the same as a power outlet for Montserrat?

Different islands in The Caribbean use different voltages and power outlet types, a plug that works with a Montserratian power outlet might not operate or fit in another island. When visiting more than one island in The Caribbean it is advised to either bring a multiple power adapter travel set containing every type of power adapter, or a smaller single international travel plug adapter as both these options ensure you are covered for most different power outlet types which you might find in each country.

As each island in The Caribbean uses different standards of voltages and power outlet types, a plug which is used in Montserrat might not work properly on another island. Before travelling check these pages for more details on what to expect for every Caribbean island: Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Nevis, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Tobago, Trinidad and US Virgin Islands.   [7] [9] [9]

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Montserrat?

To use a 110V appliance in a Montserratian power outlet you will need a step down power converter.

Montserrat
Should I bring a portable charger to Montserrat?

A USB power bank for charging cell phones

Should I bring a portable charger to Montserrat?

It is always recommended to bring a power bank to recharge cell phones whilst travelling.

  • The dependence on mobile phones for some is high and being without a mobile can leave them anxious, particularly when being relied upon when travelling. Whilst travelling increased reliance on mobile phones for taking photos, storing calendars, getting directions, social networks and playing games will drain the power before the end of the day. A flat cell phone battery could possibly leave you without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use a satellite navigation app to find your way back to accommodation or hotel. Using a portable charger eases those concerns as it means you can recharge your cell phone on the go.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh portable charger which can store enough power to cover around three full charges whilst a 20,000mAh power bank should keep an average smart phone powered for roughly a week depending on the usage and model of the phone.
  • If your laptop has a USB-C charging port then a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies 20Wh or more can be used to extend the battery life of that laptop in Montserrat. Before travelling please note that some airlines don't allow you take power banks on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must be kept in hand luggage only.
  • Average consumer portable chargers aren't designed for use with high powered items, although a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners can be used for travelling.    [4] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
Does a solar battery charger work in Montserrat?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot conditions

Does a solar battery charger work in Montserrat?

The sunlight in Montserrat will be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank reliability, but will need to be left in strong daylight in order to produce adequate energy for a single charge. It could prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the much larger solar panels used on a solar backpack will give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time and could also generate power when cloudy, meaning they should perform well in Montserrat.
  • A phone which has been plugged directly into the USB port of a backpack can trickle charge the power during sunny periods in Montserrat, however could prove inconvenient to have the phone continually connected in the bag if it is to be needed frequently. A battery power bank plugged in a solar backpack can be constantly recharged inside the bag during the day, afterwards the phone can be recharged using the power bank at any time without sunshine.
  • Even though the sunlight in Montserrat is strong, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate at least 6 watts of energy and be used with a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater. Unlike regular solid solar cells, the durable and flexible solar panels used in solar powered bags have been made to survive bending and scratching. They are available in backpack, rucksack and messenger styles making them perfect for travel, domestic and work.  [4] [17] [18]

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Montserrat chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for charging multiple USB powered devices when travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Montserrat?

When travelling with more than just one device or visiting more than one country the best travel charger for Montserrat to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Montserratians use two different standards of plug sockets (types B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your type of device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of power adapters and additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other travel chargers having a 4 port charger will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel chargers or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling to Montserrat we recommend buying a versatile power charger of this nature online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis. [8]

What USB charger do I need for Montserrat?

Why use a travel USB charger for Montserrat?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. This reduces the size and weight of your luggage by only needing to pack one USB wall charger rather than having to bring numerous different chargers along.
  • Travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them ideal when travelling to different countries which are likely to use different power outlets to Montserrat.
  • Good travel chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace or repair in Montserrat.
  • USB chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Montserrat along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Montserrat might only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets in airports are often sparse and the demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers before a flight can be high, so a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perfect.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected surges and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in Montserrat might prove difficult and expensive.
  • Larger USB travel chargers also include a power outlet strip to plug in low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information see the section on using travel appliances in Montserrat for helpful advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage devices in a Montserratian power outlet.
  • Some cell phones might pull more than the usual 500 milliamps supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase any of your devices draw additional power.
  • Travel USB power chargers can also be useful when returning home by charging multiple cell phones overnight using a single power outlet. [8]

What is the best USB charger for Montserrat?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Montserrat.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Montserrat. [8]

Power converters for Montserrat

What is a power converter?

Power converters for Montserrat enable travellers to use a 100-120 volt electrical device with a 230 volt Montserratian power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Montserrat?

An expensive and heavy power converter will transform a 230 volt Montserratian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Montserrat. [19]

Do I need a power converter for Montserrat?

If you are travelling to Montserrat from a different country please double check your device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter if you are travelling to Montserrat from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 230 volts. Read the list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already use either a single voltage device that works with 230 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Electrical devices designed for a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and then used in a 230 volt power outlet run the potential risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard unless a step down power converter is used.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or tablet as these are normally designed for international use and dual voltage, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • When supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as curling irons and hair straighteners) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter which allows the appliance to be used with a 230 volt Montserratian power outlet.
  • Investing a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than trying to bring a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance in Montserrat.
  • For more information read our travel guides on travelling with curling irons, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hairdryers with a Montserratian power outlet which includes advice on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20]

What converter do I need for Montserrat?

You need to use a step down power converter which will allow you to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Montserratian power outlet. [10]

What is the difference between a transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a power converter?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.

What voltage does Montserrat use?

Montserrat uses 230 volts in their power outlets. [2]

Montserrat
https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Montserratian power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for Montserrat before plugging that into a Montserratian power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 230 volt Montserratian power outlet. [10]
How to tell the voltage of your device

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How to tell the voltage of your device

The best method to tell if a device is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the power adapter or on the appliance itself, typically near to where the power cord goes. This location will depend on the make or model of your appliance, it could also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a large range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Substantiations

See the power adapter substantions section for more information on how we compared travel adapters (October 2018).

What type of adapter do you need for Montserrat?

Which type of adapter will I need for Montserrat?

The type of power converter or plug adapter that is best to use in Montserrat depends on your requirements. Prior to choosing the right one to pack we suggest using the following checklist:

How many electrical devices are you bringing to Montserrat?

How many devices are you taking

How many electrical devices are you bringing to Montserrat?

  • List all the devices and applicances you intend to bring to Montserrat (including tablets, mobile phones, hair straighteners and curling irons).
    • Remember to allow for more electrical devices at a later date. Do you intend on buying a new mobile phone computer next year for example?
    • There are a growing number of rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers that utilise USB for their power charging source. The next time you have to replace a device it might need a USB adapter so remember to ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these additional devices as well.
  • Are you also bringing family along who might need to charge their iPads?
What different types of devices do you need to use with a Montserratian power outlet?

Make a list of items you need

What different types of devices do you need to use with a Montserratian power outlet?

  • There are three types of electrical devices or appliances:
    • Low wattage electrical items that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example cameras or laptops.
    • High wattage electrical appliances which plug into a power outlet - for example clothes irons and hair straighteners.
    • USB powered electrical devices that plug into a USB port - for example cell phones.
  • When you only want to take just USB powered devices then a simple travel USB wall charger is ideal because you will only need to pack that single compact charger with your existing charging cables.
  • A travel power strip is made for providing power and voltage conversion for several low wattage devices of any voltage, but unsuitable for high wattage appliances that need voltage conversion, potentially damaging the power strip.
How many Montserratian power outlets are available?

Are multiple outlets available

How many Montserratian power outlets are available?

  • Accommodation may only have a single power outlet. This could present an issue when charging more than one electronic item overnight because you will only be able to recharge one device at a time then have to keep swapping every few hours.
  • To recharge multiple devices at the same time look to packing a travel power strip or travel USB wall charger that are capable of powering multiple USB ports or outlets. [6]
Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

A USB cable

Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

  • Should you only intend on bringing USB electronics such as phones for Montserrat then it is recommended to just bring a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter then you'll still need to use your domestic USB power charger too. [8]

Do your devices work with a 230 volt power outlet?

Do you plan on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

Will your trip include visits to countries other than Montserrat?

  • Single plug adapters will typically only work in a single country that they are made for, so if you plan on visiting multiple countries then you'll need to carry additional plug adapters which in turn adds to the weight you'll have to pack.
  • However, universal travel adapters and travel USB wall chargers are designed for visiting multiple countries due to their interchangeable head system.

How much can you afford to pay?

  • Basic power adapters start at under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$10) which charges only one device in Montserrat (provided that it is dual voltage or works with 230 volts) however investing in anywhere between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) means you can charge multiple devices at once and bring them to multiple countries.

Would you like to use your charger when returning home?

Do you plan on travelling with hand luggage to Montserrat?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you plan on travelling with hand luggage to Montserrat?

Are you flying long haul to travel to Montserrat?

How long will it take to fly

Are you flying long haul to travel to Montserrat?

  • For long journeys think about packing a convenient airport-friendly power charger that works in different power outlet types, one that is small enough to pack in carry-on luggage and can be used to quickly charge tablets and phones.
  • As not all airports and planes have power outlets please consider packing a portable charger which will recharge on the move. When you land in Montserrat you could need to rely on your mobile phone to make a call, messenging, using mapping or viewing your itinerary - please ensure that your phone will have ample battery power remaining. [4]

What can I connect to a Montserratian power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Montserratian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Montserratian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Montserratian power outlet

Mobile phones that work with a Montserratian power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with a Montserratian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Montserratian power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Montserratian power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Montserratian power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Montserrat, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets[21]

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

  1. Wikipedia - Montserratian country Wiki page.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type B plug adapter - US and Japanese 3 pinned Type B plug adapters have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades containing holes in each blade, under $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$5-C$10).
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go, priced between $45 to $50 USD (£30-£35 GBP / under C$50).
  5. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  6. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, under $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  7. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, between $10 to $15 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$30).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, priced between $15 to $20 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$25).
  10. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet, costs between $25 to $30 USD (£30-£35 GBP / under C$120).
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, estimated price between $90 to $100 USD (£140-£150 GBP / under C$210).
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, priced between $20 to $25 USD (£30-£35 GBP / around C$50).
  14. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, priced at between $30 to $35 USD (around £20 GBP / under C$40).
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, under $50 USD (£30-£35 GBP / C$45-C$50).
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, estimated cost under $130 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$120-C$130).
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, estimated cost between $90 to $100 USD (£110-£120 GBP / under C$130).
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, estimated cost between $20 to $25 USD (£20-£25 GBP / under C$60).
  19. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts, between $90 to $100 USD (£100-£110 GBP / under C$80).
  20. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors, costs between $140 to $150 USD (under £110 GBP / under C$280).
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -